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Hughes, Revella Eudosia (02 July 1895–24 October 1987), musician, singer, and educator, was born in Huntington, West Virginia, the daughter of George W. Hughes, a postman, and Annie B. (maiden name unknown), a piano teacher and seamstress. At age five Hughes began studying piano with her mother and, at eight or nine, violin with a musician friend of her father’s. She attended Huntington’s segregated public schools. Disturbed when Hughes was racially harassed, her parents sent her to Hartshorn Memorial College (later part of Virginia Union University) in Richmond, which she attended from 1909 to 1911, graduating with a degree in music and elementary studies. She attended Oberlin High and Conservatory, graduating in 1915. In 1917 she earned a bachelor of music in piano from Howard’s Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano with LeRoy Tibbs and voice with conservatory director ...

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Lang, Benjamin Johnson (28 December 1837–03 April 1909), organist, pianist, and choral conductor, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Lang, a piano teacher and church organist, and Hannah B. Learock. His first teacher was his father, and he later studied with F. G. Hill in Boston. At the age of fifteen he became organist and choir director of the Somerset St. Baptist Church in Boston, but in 1855, at the age of eighteen, he joined the growing number of young American musicians studying in Europe. There he studied first in Paris with Alfred Jaëll and Gustav Satter and later in Weimar with Franz Liszt, of whom he said, “He was most generous in his artistic advice, which always was given gratis.”...

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Schreiber, Frederick Charles (13 January 1895–15 January 1985), organist, conductor, and teacher, was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Charles Robert Darwin Schreiber, a doctor, and Anna (maiden name unknown). Both parents were musicians who delighted in playing piano, and they provided countless hours of musical enrichment for Frederick and his sister Ella. In this way Schreiber learned to appreciate the classical repertoire. Schreiber began formal study of the piano at age eight and wrote his first composition when he was just ten years old. He attended the Humanistic High School in Vienna, the Vienna University, and the State Academy of Music, studying composition, conducting, piano, and violoncello....